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Theo Buchinskas
Export audio to AAF
on May 21, 2020 at 3:47:05 pm

Bit of a unique situation on this one - I am having to re-purpose a project I finished already, this time working with a team. They have requested my audio, so they can clean up / edit as they see fit. Each composition I have made has bg music, vo, and several audio/video clips that play in sequence. They want to be able to edit the audio for each item, and to do so have requested an AAF file. I can't export that directly from AE, so I have been trying to use premiere as an intermediary. The issue I am running into, is when exporting to a Premiere project - the audio disappears from most of the clips. I am getting an error message - "The preset used by one or more sequences requires third-party components", but I am not using any audio plugins, and all the FX in AE are pre-rendered, not that visibility should effect the audio anyway. The video doesn't come into Premiere properly either, but I am not really concerned with that on this project, simply trying to get from AE to AAF.


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Eric Santiago
Re: Export audio to AAF
on May 22, 2020 at 2:44:26 am

Have you tried removing plugins used on the layers?
Not audio but graphics ones.
Also, duplicate a comp and shut off video but leave audio on and then export.
Somethings up with your layers keep as simple as possible.
Test smaller comps first.


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Theo Buchinskas
Re: Export audio to AAF
on May 22, 2020 at 1:22:55 pm

The first things I tried were toggling off all the video layers, and then tried deleting all audio keyframes. No third party audio plug ins were ever used, I did have a pan effect on some of the layers but I tried deleting that too. Still blank audio and the same import message.
Have been testing with a small file, but no matter what I do, it doesn't seem to import. At this point, the team and I have decided to do a different workflow, and I am going to output a few different audio 'layers' as separate exports and use that instead. Would be really nice to figure out why this isn't working though. I have had thoughts about using Premiere more in my workflow, but this has me convinced the other way.


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Eric Santiago
Re: Export audio to AAF
on May 22, 2020 at 3:21:44 pm

I've always wondered how animators (cel style) work with AE and audio.
I used to do char in Maya and we would use snippets of audio to for voice keyframes.
Isn't this the same in AE?
Our audio tracks would originate from a master in Pro Tools so no second-guessing.


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Theo Buchinskas
Re: Export audio to AAF
on May 22, 2020 at 3:33:57 pm

I'm a motion graphics guy, so I couldn't really comment on what it is like for traditional animators. For myself, it is usually just voice and music tracks, maybe some sound FX, and those are either pre-made and sent to me, or I layer myself within AE.


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